I think I have told you that I have a "black thumb."
But I have two things that I appear to be able to grow....roses and lavender.
Last year, I planted two lavender bushes along my front sidewalk. I thought they would smell so nice when someone approaches the front of my house. One did not come back too well after the draught and then winter last year. The other is doing quite well.
Last year, I was so happy to have the lavender in my yard, I never even cut it. I just wanted the flowers to be around. This year, I searched on-line for some guidelines on how I should handle the plant....how to harvest the flowers and how to trim it back. I found a really helpful video to guide me.
So, this year, I took the plunge and harvested my lavender this year. Here are all the flowers I got. What a nice handful, huh? I thought about drying them, but I have always loved the lavender wands that I've seen around. I wanted to try them.
I found a tutorial online for making these as well. Here is how mine turned out. I'm quite happy with them. They were fun to make, and the scent that eminated from them while I was making them was amazing.
The larger ones (the two at the top) were each made with 17 stems. The smaller ones were each made with 13 stems. The blue one (the one at the bottom) was made with 1/8" ribbon. The rest were made with 1/4" ribbon. Now that I've done this a few times, I think I like the 1/8" ribbon for the smaller wands a little better. In the future, that's what I'll use.
Interestingly, the smaller ones were also made from the smaller flowers/blooms. And the scent on these appears to be more powerful than the larger ones. Something good to note!
(Aside: I have so much stinking ribbon. It was fun to shop my stash for this and use some of it up!)
They smell so good, and as the dry, you can squeeze the head again to release more of the essential oils. I'm going to keep one by my bed for relaxing sleeping. I took the other to my office. Sweet Pea took a couple for her room. She also loved them.
We have a huge garden out back--one we've never planted. I am seriously considering getting a whole bunch more lavender plants and putting them in back there. They are pretty low maintenance and produce well. Lots of my neighbors have little vegetable stands on their driveways, with honesty jars and all. I was thinking a lavender stand could be a nice addition....
My roses are doing well, but something is really destroying the leaves.....
And the hydrangeas (also one of my favorite flowers) I planted last year are just starting to bloom. Everything is so far behind this year. It remains to be seen if I can grow these. One plant is flowering and the other is not. We'll wait and see on these.
I'll get back to quilting and the quilt shops in Minnesota tomorrow. I had so much fun with this, I had to show you.
Until next time,